Steve Perry EraThe Steve Perry era


1978
?Steve Smith auditions for two positions, one with Ronnie Montrose and another with jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. He is offered both jobs at the same time and decides to join with Ronnie Montrose (77/78?)
JanuaryJourney releases their forth album, Infinity
JanuaryThe start of the Infinity tour. Journey will eventually travel throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe performing in 172 cities
February 11The album, Infinity, enters the Billboard Charts. It climbed as high as #21
AprilThe single Wheel In The Sky is released and peaks at #57 on the Billboard Chart
?Ronnie Montrose (with Steve Smith on drums) becomes the opening act for Journey
JulyThe single Anytime is released and peaks at #83 on the Billboard Chart
AugustThe single Lights is released and peaks at #68 on the Billboard Chart
September 2Aynsley Dunbar's last performance with Journey
OctoberSteve Smith is offered to take Aynsley's place as their third drummer
October 10Infinity reaches platinum status
NovemberSteve Smith's first appearance on drums, King Buscuit Flower Hour broadcast (Superjam II)
?Jonathan Cain is introduced to members of the band the Babys, who were looking for a new keyboard player. He auditioned for the position and was offered the position.

1979
AprilJourney releases their fifth album, Evolution
April 14The album, Evolution, enters the Billboard Charts. It climbed as high as #20
AprilThe single Just The Same Way is released and peaks at #79 on the Billboard Chart
JulyThe single Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin is released
August 25Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin hits the Billboard Top 40 and peaks at #16
October 19Evolution reaches platinum status.
NovemberThe band starts work on their next album, Departure
?Robert Fleischman releases his solo album Perfect Stranger

1980
JanuaryThe Babys (with Jonathan Cain and also Ricky Phillips) release the album Union Jacks
JanuaryJourney releases their first compilation album, In The Beginning, which consists of songs from the first three albums
January 5The album, In The Beginning, enters the Billboard Charts. It climbed as high as #152
JanuaryThe single Too Late is released and peaks at #70 on the Billboard Chart
MarchJourney releases their next album, Departure
March 8The Babys single, Back On My Feet Again, hits the Billboard Chart and peaks at #33
March 22The album, Departure, enters the Billboard Charts and peaks at #8
MarchThe single Any Way You Want It is released
March 29Any Way You Want It hits the Billboard Top 40 and peaks at #23
AprilJourney starts their Departure tour with the Babys as opening act (for three months)
MayAynsley Dunbar sues Nightmare Productions for 3.25 million dollars.
MayThe single Walks Like A Lady is released and peaks at #32 on the Billboard Chart
July 3Departure reaches platinum status.
AugustThe single Good Morning Girl/Stay Awhile is released and peaks at #55 on the Billboard Chart
OctoberThe Babys release the album On The Edge
October 14?Journey spends two weeks recording the soundtrack to a Japanese movie Dream After Dream. Neal's father, Matthew, supplies the orchestrations
?Gregg Rolie announces he is leaving the band. Before leaving Gregg suggests that Jonathan Cain should take his place
?Journey (without Gregg) returns to Fantasy Studios to record The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love). Tim Gorman would eventually add keyboards to the song.
December 9The day after John Lennon is shot John Waite injures his knee and he would need six months to recover. With no new single forthcoming and the album doing poorly The Babys lose their record label. John Waite decides perform a solo act.
DecemberJonathan Cain is offered to take Gregg's position and he accepts
?The movie Caddyshack is released in theaters, which includes the song Any Way You Want It


Last updated: May 26, 1998
Time-line Maintainer: Steven Lake
Journey Tribute Page